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SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY 

SAM fOWD UD^TVTRSIiy 

Birmingham, Alabama 



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^dZHsTTJTES. 



The delegates composing the seventy- third annual session of 
the Muscle Shoals Baptist Association convened in the First 
Baptist church house, Decatur, Alabama, on Friday, the 30th of 
September, 1892, at 11 a. m. 

The Introductory sermon was preached by Elder Robert T. 
Wear, from John 3:30: "He must increase." 

After the sermon there was a recess until 2 p. m. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The association assembled at the appointed time. 

Elder W. M. Blackwelder, the former Moderator, called the 
Association to order. The former Clerk, Elder Joseph Shackel- 
ford, took his place at the Clerk's table. A selection of Scrip- 
ture was read by the Moderator, after which a hymn was sung, 
and prayer was offered by Elder James W. Sandlin. 

Bros. J . C. Orr, C. G. Lynch and O. E. Comstock were ap- 
pointed reading clerks. 

The letters from the churches were then read and names of the 
delegates enrolled, as follows. 

I 

Bethel (L)— W. W- Ne8mith. 

Bethel (M)— C. T. Stephenson, F. M. Reeves, W. C. Hartrell. 

Bethany— J. T. Odell. 

Blue Springs-nJohn B. Weaver. Marion Briscoe, W. J. St. John. 

Gave Spring — James Ratcliff. 

Cherry Hill— Letter, no delegates present. 

Danville— J. M. Kitchens, W. A. Petty. 

Decatur, 1st— T. L. Ballue, C. B. Lloyd, W. W. Garnett. 

Enon— R. L. Keys, A. J. Walker, J. W. McMillen. 

Etha — R. F. Munter. K. A. Jones. 

Falkville— J. N. Thompson, Virgil McCroskey. 

Friendship — Thomas McDaniel, J. W. Walker. 

Furnace Hill — O. E. Comstock. 

Gum Springs (L) — Letter, no delegates. 

Gum Springs (M)— J. E.Roan, T. M. Ward, B. L. Mullens. 

Harmony— Ed Hamilton, J. S. Howell. • 

Hartrell— H. J. Halbrooks, J. D. McClanahan, T. C. Ryan. 

Hopewell— J. H. Hembree, F. H. Orr. 

Hiflsboro— Jos. Shackelford, A. W. Bailey. 

Lebanon — W. H JuDkins, J. W. Harvey. 

Liberty— J. A. Neeley, W. J. Young, W. H. Grimes. 

Macedonia (F; — Mike Finney. 

Macedonia (My— J. A. Frederick, C. N. Reynolds, T. Sykes. 

Mission Grove— J. W. Yates, R. R. Reid. 

Moulton — Thomas Hutcheson. 

Mt. Zion (M) — J. J. Thompson, C. Thompson. 

Mt. Hope— Wm. R. Roberts. 

Mt. Nebo (M)— J. R. Witt, W. H. Speegle, W. B. Gibson. 

Mt. Nebo (FJ— Wm. East. 



Mt. Pisgah— G. H. Hughes, L. E. Day, H. « McClellan. 

New Hope — E. A. Moran. 

New Prospect— Wm. 8ea, M. A. Mastereon, ohn Caruth 

New Decatur (1st)— H. R. 8chramm J. C. L ^ce. 

New Center— J. 8. Wright; 8. T. Wright. 

New Friendship— W E. Wright, G. W. Ber. - 

Okolona— W. D. Brat-swell. 

Pleasant Grove— J. W. Sandlin, Rush Stock* m. 

Pleasant Hill— J. Gunn, J. Speer, W. P. Hi: 

Russell ville — C. G. Lynch, P^ter Clay. 

Sheffield— ^Letter, no delegates. 

Salem— J. E. Weathernax. J. V Murpbree. 

Shady Grove— CM. Lhrfngaton, J. 8. Howe 1, J. W. Livingston. 

Shoal Creek— B. Byars, E. T. Spain. 

Somerville— T. J. Weaver, 8. A. Lynn. 

Tharp's Spring— Letter, no delegate. 

Tuscumbia— A. E. Burns, A. L. Moody, Hu-'i Mc Williams. 

Town Creek— R. T. Wear. 

Valhermosa Springs— C. R. Cirbow, George ree, T. J. Sanders. 

The following brethren, members of .be Executive Board, were 
present, who, by virtue of their office, . re members of the asso- 
ciation: 

0. D. Gibson, H. B. Irwin, T. W. Lynch , C. . Lynch, A. L. Moody. Wm. 

East and A. W. Bailey. " 



After the enrollment of the names of 
derator announced that the Associatior 
and the first business in order was the e 

The Association then proceeded to ' i 
and Clerk by ballot. 

By request, Bros. J. M. Waller and J 
tellers. • 

The election resulted in the choice of 
Moderator, and Elder Josephus Shackelf < 

After a few appropriate remarks by B» 
Moderator's place, he declared the Asso< 

The order of business as printed in t 
was adopted as the order of business for 



the delegates, the Mod- 
was ready for business, 
ction of officers. 
e election of Moderator 

L. Thompson acted as 

Elder Jackson Gunn, as 
>rd, as Clerk. 
). Gunn, on taking the 
tion ready for business, 
e minutes of last year 
this session. 



PETITIONARY LET :RS. 



The following churches presented lev 
bership, and were received and the righi 
to their delegates: 

Central Baptist church, New Decatur — W. M 
son and John A. Thomason. 

Isbell Baptist church, Isbell, Franklin count' 
and L. W. Hargett. 

CORRESPONDENT? 

The following brethren were received ; 

Elder J. L. Thompson, from North Liberty A 
tive of the State Board of Ministerial EducatL 

Elder J. M. Waller, Assistant Corresponding 
Board. 



rs petitioning for mem- 
iand of fellowship given 

Blackwelder, W. H. Simp- 
Alabama— J. M. Deveneau 



s correspondents: 

sociation and a representa- 
i. 
Secretary of State Mission 






COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator appointed a Devotional Committee as follows: 
C. B. Lloyd, W. M. Blackwelder, H. R. Schramm, A. C. Moody 
and H . B. Irwin. 

On motion, it was resolved to have a night session and that the 
Report on Temperance be made the special order for that session. 

The Association adjourned to i% o'clock p. m. 

Prayer by Brother J. M. Deveneau. 

NIGHT SESSION 1% P. M. 

The Association met at the appointed hour, and was opened 
by singing, reading of the Scriptures, and prayer by Elder Mike 
Finney. 

COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator announced the following committees: 

On Deceased Ministers— Jos. Shackelford, A. E. Burns, H. B. Irwin. 
On State of Religion— J. D. McClanahan, R. L. Keys, H. A. McClellan." 
On Documents— -H. J. Halbrooks. James N. Thompson, T. L. Ryan. 
On Finance— A. L. Moody, W. H. Simpson, O. D. Gibson. 

The report on Temperance was then read by Bro. W. H. Simp- 
son, the chairman of the committee. 

The subject was then discussed by Bros. J. Speer, J. M. Waller, 
E. D. Stephenson and J. M. Deveneau, at considerable length; 
pending the discussion, on motion, the association adjourned 
until 9 o'clock Saturday morning. 



SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 

Saturday, October i, 1892. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. 

The religious exercises were led by Elder W. S. Brown, of 
Florence, after which the minutes of Friday were read, corrected 
and approved. 

The following brethren were present and invited to seats: 

Dr. B. P. Riley, President of Howard College. 
Elder W. 8. Brown, of Florence Association. 
Elder W. D. Hubbard, of Shelby Association. 

BAPTIST MALE AND FEMALE INSTITUE, MOULTON, ALA. 

Brother H. B . Irwin, President of the Board of Trustees of the 
Baptist Male and Female Institute at Moulton, read the report of 
the board, which was received, and after some discussion, was 
ordered to be spread on the minutes : 



We, the Trustees of the Baptist Male and Female Institute at Moulton, 
report, that we have a school of about seventy-five pupils, Prof. A. G. 
Spinks, Principal; Mrs. Spinks and Miss Minor, Assistants. This is the 
second year that we have had the services of Prof. Spinks, and he has given 
to the Trustees and patrons of the School, so far a* we have heard, universal 
satisfaction. "We believe that we have a school that is worthy the patron- 
age of the Baptists of the association. 

We auk to report that the school building is in such a condition that 
there will be an immediate necessity for an outlay of from seven to eight 
hundred dollars to preserve the building from serious damig*. 

The term of the following trustees expires at this session of the aso- 
ciation : H. J. Remington, J. M. Sandlin and J. N. Bra-g. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. B Irwin, 

President Board of Trustees. 

On motion of Bro. C. G. L nch, a committee of three was ap 
pointed to take into consider." ion the suggestion of the Board of 
Trustees as to repairs, and als > to report on the disposition of 
said school, and to nominate trustees to fill vacancies of those whose 
time expires with this session. 

Committee, C. G. Lynch, W. H. Simpson and A. L. Moody. 

MISSIONS. 

The subject of Missions was then taken up and the following 
reports were read: 

On Associational Missions, by Bro. J. E. Weaver. 

On State Missions, by Bro. H. R Schramm . 

On Home Missions, by Bro. A. L. Moody. 

On Foreign Missions, by Bro. R. T. Wear. 

The report of the Centennial Committee, by Bro. H. R. 
Schramm. 

On motion, the time of the first speaker was limited to one 
hour, and the rest to ten minutes. 

The whole subject of Missions was then discussed by Bro. J. 
M. Waller, who spoke of the rogress of missions, using the mis- 
sionary map to illustrate the s tbject. 

After Bro. Waller's speed* Bro. J. L. Thompson took up a 
collection and pledges for cen.eunial missions. 

We give the pledges and coi'ections below: 

CENTEN> AL MI8SION8. 



Tnscumbia church $10 00 

Town Creek church 2 5u 

Hillsboro church 5 00 

Moulton church 2 50 

•Danville church. $7 60 paid... 26 00 

IVcatur church, $1 paid. 10 00 

•Bethel church (M) paid 5 00 

•Blue Spring church 18 00 

New Decatur church 10 00 

Shady Grove church 100 

Isbell church 1 0C 

Total : 



Macedonia church, (F) paid $1 00 

Mt. Hope church, paid 1 0u 

Pleasant Grove church, paid... 1 00 

•Enon church, paid 5 17 

•Pleasant Hill church, paid 18 05 

Hartaell church, $1 paid. 5 00 

•Somerville church, paid 10 80' 

Mi. Nebo church (F) 5 00 

Furnace Hill church 5 00 

Central, Decatur church 10 00 



.$153 02 



rNDIVTDTJALS AND SUNDAY-SCHOOLS. 

W. D. BrasBwell, paid 50 Moul ton S. S„ paid 5 00 

W. J. Young, paid 50 A. L. Moody, paid 1 00 

J. 8. Gibson 100 

Total ~ * 



8 00 



Total. ** 61 °2 

A portion of the above was gotten np 5n centennial meetings during the 
year, and show what was pledged and paid at tfcese meetings. We mark 
with a star those churches at which those meetings were held. 

The association then adjourned until 2 p. no. 
Prayer by Bro. W. M. Blackwelder. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The association met pursuant to adjournment. 

Prayer by Bro. Comstock. 

The subject of missions was continued and discussed by Breth. 
J. W. Sandlin, Deveneau, H. R. Schramm, C. G. Lynch, J. 
Speer, M. Finney, Comstock, Waller and Shackelford, after 
which pledges were then taken from the churches for missions 
general as follows: 



in 



Bethel (L) $10 00 

Bethany 1 00 

Cher y Hill 100 

Deeatur 25 00 

Erha 5 00 

Friendship 5 00 

Gum8pring(M) 5 00 

Hartsell 15 00 

Lebanon, pd P. C 1 00 

Macedonia (F] 5 00 

Moulton 20 00 

Mt Hope 15 00 

Mt Pisgah, pdF. C 7 85 

New Decatur 25 00 

Okolona Brasswell 3 50 

Pleasant Hill 10 00 

Sheffield 30 00 

Shady Grove 5 00 

Toscambia 25 00 

B'ue Springs 10 00 

Shoal Creek 2 00 

Isbell 15 00 

Cash collections 1 52 

t $241 87 



Bethel (M) $10 00 

Cave Spring, pdF. C 5 00 

Danville 35 00 

Enon 15 00 

Falkville 10 00 

FnrnaceHill 7 00 

Harmony 10 00 

Hillsboro 50 00 

Liberty 10 00 

Mission Grove 5 00 

Mt. Zion (M) 4 00 

Mt. Nebo(M) Witt 2 50 

New Prospect 10 00 

New Center 5 00 

Pleasant Grove, pd F. C 2 50 

Russellville. $3 pd by Clay 10 00 

Salem, pd F. C 6 15 

Tbarp's Spring 3 00 

Town Creek, $5.60 F. C. Wear... 20 00 

New Friendship.. 2 00 

Sotnerville. 10 00 

Central, N. Decatur 60 00 

$292 15 
241 87 



Total pledged and cash $534 02 

The various reports on Missions were then adopted, as follows: 

A88OCIATIONAL MISSIONS. 

The mission spirit was in the hearts of the brethren who formed the Asso- 
ciation. In the year 1823 four missionaries were employed to labor in the 
bounds of the association. In 1829 a call was made for a contribution from 
all the churches for the purpose of paying men lo preach in the destitute 
parti of our association. In 1831 the churches were requested to express 



their opinion on missionary societies by letter to the association. In 1839 
this association would rot adopt the extreme anti-missionary resolutions 
of the Flint River Association. Io 1843 the charcues were advised to keep 
a fond on hand to pay traveling preachers. In 1844 a Home Mission Society 
was formed to meet at the same time and place of the association, aad do 
the mission work of the association. In 1846 the association took its stand 
as a missionaty body. 

Great has been the work of the noble men of God who have gone forth 
sowing in tears. Eternity will tell how much they have glorified God. 
Our mission work has ever been demanded. It is demanded to day. Vic- 
tories have been won. There are victories to win to-day. 8iu has its forces 
organised in our field , and we are to go out and take the field for the Lord. 
Urgent demands are upon us. New interests awake; cities and towns 
spring into existence. The stranger is at our own door to make his home 
in our midst. Great enterprises are at work. We should make the mis- 
sion »ry enterprise overrule all others. Your committee would recommend : 

It. A continuance of mission work at the centers of population. 

2i That the more remote parts be guarded from false teachers. 

3d. That the field south and east of our association should be visited by 
our missionaries. 



J. E. Wkaveb, 

J. D. McClanahan. 



STATE MISSIONS. 



We, your committee, beg leave to submit the following report: We be- 
lieve that State Missions is the foundation-stone on which all other missions 
are builded. The water that is poured into the pump that brings up the 
water that is in the well could not be had if the pitcher full of water was 
not there to put into the pump. So, if we had not State Missions we 
could not get Home Missions and Foreign Missions. The Board of State 
Missions is located at Selma, Ala., and W. B. Crumpton is its corresponding 
secretary. The State Miss on Board is now in the 17th vear. It has received 
after the first two or three years, for use in Alabama,' an average of $8,000 

S sr annum. It also acts as agen t for the Home Mission Board, at Atlanta, 
a. and the Foreign Mission Board, at Richmond Va. Ic received for all 
pu, poses last year $20,000. It bad in its employ forty- seven men. The 
yea 's work cannot be given until November, when the Convention meets. 
Bes des the direct work of the Board through its missionaries in town and 
cou i try, eternity, alone, will reveal the results of. hundreds of letters writen 
by ue Secretary, the many thousands of tracts and other printed matter 
sen out from the office, and the sermons and addresses delivered by the 
secretary, not only on missions, but on temperance, education, and indeed, 
on all objects fostered by the State Convention. But with all the skill and 
energy of the secretary, aided by a Board of wise and discreet brethren, it 
is impossible for this work to go on successfully without the co-operation of 
the pastors and churches. Many of the Board's missionaries have not been 
paid for six months, and more serious embarrassments will confront the 
Board, unless speedy relief comes from the churches. We recommend 
the each church in our bounds adopt the monthly collection plan, be- 
gin dng at the next meeting; and that each church send to Bro. Crumpton 
for t canvassing book, containing a page for each member, and the most 
active brother or sister be appointed to get a contribution from every member 
of the church fcr all the interests fostered by the State Board; and that the 
churches use the envelope system. The churches can have both the canvass- 
ing book and envelops by sending for them. If these buggestions are car- 
ried out by all our churches in this association, this coming year, we will 
be the banner association of the State. 

Let us try, pastors, in this centennial year, to record the Muscle Shoals 
Association as the banner association of the State. She has done noth- 
ing long enough, let us bring her to the front. There are many places that 
need help in the State. Weak churches in the country and villages and 
towns, all need help; and as the Baptists preach the truth more than any 
other denomination, they should rise in their strength and preach the whole 
truth everywhere. What say you, brethren and sisters ? If we are Mia. 



sionav Baptists, let us show our faith by our works, and build a monument 
SSXSSS for our children when we are sleeping in the , d«t. UwiU 
h* better to have sueh a monument than silver or gold. We reoommena 
the 7i ate mSSL Quarterly, published by Bro W. B Crumpto^at Manon, 
Ala., price, 15 cents, single copy, or in clubs of ten, for ten cents. 
^ , v ~~, Bespectfullv submitted, . 

I xveap j H. R. Schbamm, Chairman. 

REPORT ON HOME MI88IONS. 
Your committee, aopo'inted to bring before your body toe subject of 
Home Misstons! would report as follows: Oar Board, located at Atlanta, Ga., 
hasXnt »dts7o?ng a P noble work, hut the large amount of work done 
has unapplied the needs set bafore them, nor the demands made upon 
rt^m Their last report to the Southern Baptist Convention shows that 
S^wJ .had emnloved during the last conventional year, 365 Mission- 
arfea The^MfssionSe/ haJf laNwd 10,644 weeks, delivered 46.886 ser- 
™™« andaddrwee baptized 5,274, which is nearly 15 per Missionary. 
They have .to eToftituted 179 churches; organized many prayer meetmg, 
and Sandav-shools, and scattered many tracts of good sound hterature. 
The Treaaurer's report for the year shows a total of cash receipts from the 
Stotea^r$74 8^18Vmiscellaneoa 8 receipts, $9 961.01; making a total of 
*£ *71 19 ltE amount raised bv co-operative bodies and expended in joint 
mtrio^ work on Afield. $68,683 40 F For houses of worship on mission 
fielTs «6To64 iS This makes a grand total of receipts during the year, of 
$127 28151 The cash receipts of the Board, dispite the hard times, are 

*W2JteS: und^lfSrcTreu^ances, afineshowing. We would 
also Ln your attention to the work being done by the Woman s Missionary 
Union auxiliarVto the Southern Baptist Convention. They raised more 
Jh^$19oS las? year, and expended it in the extension of our Masters 

k Tne°work in Cuba, with Bro. Diaz, continues to grow^ The Lord is con- 
tin ua\w adding to the church "the saved " Our Board urges upon us the 
extensSn of this work into the open doors to be found m every city, town 
and viltoe The colored people are also receiving attenion from the Board 
"thloml good results. They think they would be able to do a gr^tdj 
™V«» ^thi* line if thev were able to put a good man in each of the States. 
O^&mo-ttohSS is also fostered by the able and efficient m»n- 
uar worx amoug \ Mission Board." Your committee would urge 

XTti\elurehea?hTimpor5Sce ofKe work of this Board, and m»»- 
mCd a li£eS dMde witifit of their contributions to missions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

r H. J. Halbeooks, 

A. L. Moody, 

Committee. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

Your committee observes with pleasure that the receipts ending Ap*U J°. 
1892 snowTSe largest sum ever received for foreign missions by our board. 
^'Southern Bantist Convention is preaching thegospei of Christ in China, 
The Soutnern^puai v£ Japan. Our Foreign Board have in their va- 

SS^SS^Sm^SSZ Sb77urtlt« assistants, and some 200 stations, 
with%^3ch^reh^mbere: whohave reported** ^jjTiSdbSSn? « 
tt ra 09 more than one dollar per capita. Our home contributions are 
8 laSwRfT While this is tbe largest amount ever received in one year, by 
$ lli?^™ J? dear brethren, we should remember that there has been an 
fflS^S't^S^Wch caused an 1-"^ «£> ITvanrTof 
*a«3? Tn » trart which fell into my hands, written by Kev. it. i. vann, oi 
T^Xcirolina^itte ^ -The CaU of Baptists to Foreign Mission Work," the 
iNortn Carolina, uuw, . , \ QQ q „„a isju n f nv e denominations: Con- 



8 



i ££j!*'£!L3u7 ^ topy^™ P** cent. The average amount to the 
-nvert, expeuded by each of the other denominations waaaWtaeven 

ff ^Vof S5SSl b i5k P - tl- ? , ii lD 0th / r W ° rd8 ' SB 3 weTa^estxKe 
, #IS? spiritual work in dollars and cents, the investment of Baptists 
iu foreign mission work is seven times as productive as those of the SthS 
fl-e denominations collectively. Now review these factsfn order to «t 

ists rC Th^fiS e ^ ight - T he ? ri £ iDator8of modern Sons were B fp- 
tists. The first permanent missionary society was organized bv Baotiste- 

fron? i me /-^ n t>? apti8t8 WW God ' 8 °™ hand torced tKmTo the 
front, and gave them easy leadership on the foreign field ■ the two name* 
that have most deeply impressed modern missionary thought Je VanTial 
names; the most remarkable missionary enterprise o^he da^asYurrhSed 
f stored and is still maintained by Baptists; the most signal dirolavs of 
ivine providence, the richest effusions of grace and the finest trTumphs 
i ~.ve appeared in connection with Baptist missions; and tL visible Sto 
T a?o%Ve y 4?isS n ° U8 -«■*»*»•. -ake a remark sh^wTg^ 

■ >ean to teach us anything by tbem ? I venture no interpretations of them 
I merely set them forth in hope that the teacher may give hTs own lesso^" 
Listen to him and whatsoever he saith unto you dolt A^ Baptists wTbt 
lieve we hold the faith once delivered to the saints. We fflieve that nt 
c .her people can utter this claim so broadly, or maintain it so TfirmTv Shall 
> SSwJ2E attention again my brethren,^ the articles of our Si? The 
" ? nitiSIT? 7 * nd > ffio **n«y of the Bible; the inalienable right and 
rfv ol <2£ii£2: °- £ PnVate inter P«tation of the Scriptures; absolute lib 
\lZn?L^™ UCe U 1D ? mer8 . lon ^ water of believers, the only scriptural 
SrZ th^^ ra T ChUr ^ F^berahip; the sovereign ty of thf iudi?idual 
< >urch the Loid Jesus Christ, the only King in Zion These are tmths 
Kiven into our keeping by the King of Heaven. Are fhey worth^ervTng* 
I-t us remember that to preserve them our fathers gave uV thei? 1^ It 
i the truth that shall make men free ; and the world shall be given to the 
j eople that give the world the most truth. Our heritage of trot? <S?s us to 
^ LTfil 8 d ^ €raDCe -- Thi8 y e « " the centennial of mrCn missions 
1 ndred 2Z£25F? 'V^ L wo f ld ' 8 8 P iritual audition now, andThft of a 
t n t? nl?™ g ° ? W? 1 *, 01 ^ ,ew facts taken f «>m a pamphlet writ- 
t. a by Rev. Thomas Pntchard, D. D. : "Foreign missionaries have not onlv 
c ntributedmore largely than all other travelfrs to our knowledge of men 
x »d things ,n strange countries, but they have given the great blfssingT a 
i nllS. SSP8E t0 tW ° hu ° d ™ d millions of human beings, and fiSffia* 
1 ^SImI'SS consecrated to the diffusion of God'! Word; they have 
a £ sl ?ted the B^ie into more than a thousand different languages and dia 
l. .ts, so that now five-sixths of the entire world have the 8criptures in their 
e!S,lS Ue T^ h00 ^ £°- llegeS o and the ological seminars hive "SS 
Mfi ?te d «„L ' day , !heKlng - of . Burman ' inst «ad of holding poor Judson 
i a filthy prison, welcomes missionarits to his capital. Tbe Queen of Mad- 
• *acar, instead of persecuting her Christian subjects, is crownVd I beneath a 
» H°. P /™? C ^ b T d ' Glof y to God in the highest, and on earth peVce and^d 
k U t0 J? an - i * n "a°i* than fift y islands of tne Pacific, a great companv 
h>ye been reclaimed from idolatry and superstition. Africans worstuTthJ 
C ^ of our fathers. In Asia, the citadel of cultivated and inieTlitual m- 
%??"& ? er8ia ' HmdoBton, Japan and China have their stoi* to telf The?e 
EvL&J^S? « h °. w J. und S rtok « to belittle the achievements of the past 
«t luSSSi*^^!' t ? em 22! to , mind *»* tbe firstcentury of our lSm, 
Sf,H^SuZ% ^acilous gifts, closed with less than 500,000 disciples of 
C> nst, or less than half of one per cent of the Roman empire " 
he positive achievements of modern missions are wonderful 

Respectfully submitted, 



R. T. Wxa*, 
J. C. Orb, 

Committee. 



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REPORT OP CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE. 

Your committee appointed at the last association to work up the centen- 
nial interest in this association, have been at work. We bave not done as 
much aa we wanted, bat under the circumstances we have done the be*t we 
could. We held our first meeting with Bethel, in Morgan cou ity. We had 
only moderate attendance until Sunday. The collections for the centennial 
fund was $5.00. Bro. Halbrooks moved to Cullman, and Bro. Cobbs to 
Georgia, and so I was made chairman, and the moderator appointed Bro. J. 
Speer to help on committee, and he was made secretery. 

Our next meeting was held with Enon church with a fair attendance, 
Friday and Saturday. I had to leave Saturday evening. Collections were 
$5.17. Our third meeting was held at 8omervi lie; the attendance was good 
all the way through, and the church and community were greatly blessed 
by the sermons, talks and lectures on the map by Bro. Blackwelder. Col- 
lections, $10.80. Oar next meeting was at Pleasant Hill church, the atten- 
dance was good, the talks were instructive; the lecture on the map by Bro. 
Bla kwelder, was good, and the collection was the best we have received, 
$18.05. Our fifth meeting was at Sheffield. Our sixth meeting was at Dan- 
ville; collections and subscriptions, about $26.00. Our seventh meeting 
was at Blue Springs. Friday it rained and we did not have many out. 
Bro. C. B. Lloyd and myself were all who were present to speak, except 
Bro. Weaver, the pastor. Bro. Briscoe came on Saturday. On Saturday we 
had a fine congregation, and Bro. Lloyd spoke on the best system to raise 
missionary money, and I lectured to them on my missionary map, and took 
pledges to the amount of $16.50 which was for the centennial fund. In ad- 
dition to these special meetings, I have delivered my map lecture at Cave 
Springs and Bethel to large crowds, and at Locust Grove, Liberty Associa- 
tion, and got pledges to the amount of $4 00, with a promise that tbey would 
raise more for that fund. At Cullman I delivered my lecture, but did not 
take a collection, but had many out to hear, and they "said that it did good. 
We recommend that this centennial work be pushed so that the interest 
may be advocated in every church, and that a map lecture be delivered 
at every church during this centennial year. We farther recommend that 
the churches composing this association, sustain a Missionary in the For- 
eign field, as a thank offering to God for the success that foreign missions 
bave bad in the last one hundred years. This to be over and above the 
regular contributions; and we suggest that a committee be appointed now 
to report at this meeting, to consider the amount to be raised, which is 
$600, and apportion it among the churches, so that each member of the 
church can have a share in this Centennial work, and that the month of 
January be set apart for this contribution ; that each pastor preach a ser- 
mon at his appointment on Foreign Missions; tell the church before hand 
that a collection will be taken up at his next appointment for the Centen- 
nial thank offering. If it should rain, let him attend to it at his next ap- 
pointment and send the money to Richmond, Ya. , to sustain our missionary 
whoever he maj be. 

We recommend that a member in each church be appointed as a Centen- 
nial solicitor for this work, so every member can be seen in every church. 
Let it be the most active sister you have in your church. We believe this 
can be done, and| not impoverish the churches in any way, but on the other 
hand, increase pastor's salary and missions. Pastors, try it, and see if you 
don't get more out of your churches. Feeling that tbis can be done by this 
association, we trust that the association will heartily endorse our report. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. R. Schramm, Chairman. 

.REPORTS OF MISSIONARIES. 

Bro. H. R. Schramm made his report as missionary, which was 
received and ordered to be spread on the minutes, as follows: 



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REPORT OF H. R. SCHRAMM. 

Miles traveled in work — by private conveyance, 117; by rail, 412: on foot, 
about 200. Sermons preached — at East Decatur church, 92; at 7 protracted 
meetings away from Decatur, 71; also delivered 5 lectures on Foreign and 
Home Missions from missionary map; attended six Centennial meetings 
and made talks at them. 

We held a week of prayer and self-denial at my church and took a collec- 
tion, which amounted to $7.29 for Foreign Missions; and then we had a 
week of prayer, which was very beneficial. I preached 10 funerals. I have 
received six into the church by letter and watchcare. Distributed 600 pages 
of tracts, 350 copies of "The Home Field." I conducted 40 prayer meet- 
ings, and made 40 Sunday-school talks at my church, and lectured to the 
Young People's Baptist Union at my church 20 times. We raised about 
$175 00 to pay up our church debt and paint and plaster our house. We 
have raised $60.00 in money and $40 00 in subscriptions to build a preacher's 
house, and procured a lot from the Land Company upon which to build. 
I attended the Baptist State Convention at Eufaula, "last November. 

This is my year's work. In addition to this, I visited many families and 
read and prayed with them. I have taken quarterly collections, one for 
Ministerial Education and three for Missions. The amount due me for last 
year is $50 00. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. R. Schramm. 

REPORT OF JOHN SPEER. 

Beloved Brethren — Your Executive Board agreed to give me one hundred 
dollars as a supplement to my salary for preaching one Sunday in each 
month at each of the following places: Mission Grove and Liberty church. 
Early in the winter I made arrangements with our beloved brother, J. M. 
Roberts, to fill out my unexpired term at Mission Grove. At Liberty, I feel 
that God has blessed my labors. Our protracted meeting there was not 
what we had hoped it might be as to conversions and additions to the 
church; nevertheless, I am impressed that much permanent good was done 
by the able preaching of Bros Schramm and Shackelford. In a few years, 
at most, this church will be self-sustaining, if the association shall see fit to 
help it until the church shall have the blessing of securing a few more 
strung members. I have received sixty five dollars on my salary from your 
board. Humbly submitted, 

John Spekb. 

REPORT OF J. D. McCLANAHAN. 

I received work from your board for two appointments: Cave Spring 
and Shady Grove. I have preached once a month, on Saturday ana 
Sunday. I have devoted a good deal of my time in visiting families and 
encouraging them to attend church and Sunday-school. I conducted a 
series of meeting at Shady Grove, embracing the 4th Lord's day in July. 
Our meeting lasted seven days. We bad the services of Elder J. Gunn. 
We had good preaching and good congregations. We had two conversions, 
and quit* a number said, "Pray for u«." We labored under considerable 
disadvantage, however, on account of the political excitement that was agi- 
tating the rr inds of our people at that time. We have our house well seated, 
but are not able to have it ceiled, on account of the pressure of the times. 
We have a gcod Sunday-school. This church still needs help from the 
board. They have called me for another year as their pastor, but they are 
not able to sustain a pastor yet. Feeling that this is a point that ought to 
be cultivated, I have labored to the utmost of my strength in the encour- 
agement of the support of the gospel in my field of labor. 

I conducted a series of meetings at Cave Spring, embracing the 5th Lord's 
day in July. I had the services of Elder H. R. Schramm, of East Decatur, 
who did us good preaching. Our meeting lasted seven days. We had three 
or four conversions. Others said, "Pray for us." This church is still a 
weak church, but it is in the center of a community that will in the future 



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add strength to it. I preached in connection with Cave. Spring, at Rural 
Grove school-house, for seven months with good interest. I also held a 
series of meetings at old Friendship, commencing the 3<-d Lor is day in 
September, which lasted six days This is a point that Baptists ought to 
cultivate. I have devoted my entire time this year to the work of the min- 
istry, except one month. I have traveled about 3,000 miles in the interest 
of our Master's cause. I received $2 50 pledge from W. A. Belew. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. D. McClanahan. 

REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

Bro. O. D. Gibson read the report of the Executive Board, 
which was received and ordered to be spread upon the minutes, 
as follows: 

To the Muscle Shoals Association : 

We, your Board, would respectfully make the following report: We met 
in Moulton, on October 20th, 1891. Members present— T. W. Lynch, 
D A. Burleson. H. B. Irwin, W. D Irwin, O. D Gibson and T. J. Hutche- 
son. Bro. O. D. Gibson was elected President and T J. Hutcheson, Secre- 
tary. The Board found on examination that there would be $400.00 to oper- 
ate on during the year in all the Mission work. Of this amount $50 00 was 
allowed to the State Mission Board, and $25.00 each to the Foreign and 
Home Mission Boards. New Decatur church was allowed $50 00. Falkyille 
church was allowed $25 00 to assist them in paying their pastor. Shady 
Grove church was allowed $50 00 and Cave Spring church was allowed $25.00 
to assist them in securing the services of their pastor, Bro. J D. McClanahan. 
Bro. 8peer was given the work at Liberty and Mi-sion Grove churches, 
allowing him $50 00 for each place. These churches to supplement suffi- 
cient to pay Bro. Speer for half his time. The President, Secretary and 
Treasurer, were instructed to write letters to all of the delinquent churches 
in the association urging them to send into the Board the amount of their 
unpaid pledges to the association. 

Very respectfully, 

T. J. Hdtchkson, Sec'ty. O. D Gibsoo, President. 



TREASURER S REPORT. 

Bro. T. W. Lynch, Treasurer, read his report, which was re- 
ceived, and ordered to be spread on the minutes: 

Moulton, Ala., Sept, 30th, 1892 

T. W. Lynch, Treasurer, . - 

In account with Muscle Shoals Association: 

1891 DR. 

Oct. 4 To cash from Finance Committee ***£ 15 

17 Town Creek church, balance of 1890 5 70 

17 Enon church, balance 1890 50 

17 Hopewell church, balance for 1891 5 90 

17 Somerville church, by Herring 5 00 

1892 

Oct. 1 Interest on F. C. Owen's bequest 20 00 

1 Interest on Courtland church fund 16 00 

Total...! •*** 28 



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1891 OR. 

Oct 4 By cash for minutes and clerk $ 75 00 

4 Books, H. M. 8. As 9 00 

4 Huckabee ; 25 00 

4 McClanahan 24 00 

4 B F. Brothers .*.'.'.. 39 90 

4 John 8peer 100 no 

4 W. B Crumpton 62 70 

4 Mat Lyon . 35 00 

4 H. R. Schramm 50 00 

4 paid A. L Moody, mistake 4 92 

4 due Treasurer 4 65— $429 87 

1892 

Oct. 1 By balance on hand ; $ 64 41 

T. W. Lynch, Treasurer. 

REPORT ON BIBLE AND COLPORTAGE WORK. 

The report on Bible and Colportage work was read by Bro. J. Gunn and 
adopted, as follows: 

We are delighted to know that the Baptists of Alabama, in their great 
love for truth, righteousness and the souls of men, have showed a liberality 
and zeal worthy of our honored name, in the establishment of a Bible and 
Colportage Board at Opelika, Ala., of which board W. E. Hudmon is the 
honored President, and J. B Collier, the efficient Secretary. This Board is 
the recognized headquarters of the Baptists of Alabama, for the sale and 
distribution of denominational literature; such as Bibles, Testaments, relig- 
ious books and tracts, and hymn books, together with 8undav school litera- 
ture, whether the '-Kind Words" series or the American Baptist Publication 
Society s series. This Board has in its employ twelve men, at work a part 
or all of their time. The work of these colporteurs is filling a vacancy of 
long standing^ They "go," and as they go, preach. They come in personal 
contact with the people. These men sell the Word of God and other books 
and tracts, explanatory of the Word, and thus sow the seeds of life, which 
will spring up. They have found over 2 000 families without Bibles, and 
in many instances have given the Bibles to the poor and destitute The 
sales of the Board have amounted to about $4 000 in the last year We rec- 
ommend to our people to purchase of this Board. Because, 1st It is ours 
It is the child of the Baptist State Convention, and we are an important 
factor of that Convention. 2nd. By so doing we contribute 20 per cent of 
the purchase money to the Board. That is, if we order $5 00 worth of 
books, the Board makes $1.00, and we get our goods as cheap as if we ordered 
from headquarters. - j. G vvv, Chairman. 

On motion the association adjourned to 7:30 p. m. 
Prayer by Bro. A. E. Burns. 

NIGHT SESSION. — 7:30 P. M. 

The association met pursuant to adjournment. 

The religious services were led by Bro. A. E. Burns. 

Prayer by Bro. W. D. Hubbard. 

The report on deceased ministers was read by Bro. A. E. Burns 
and was adopted, and 3:30 p. m. was appointed for memorial 
services in memory of Elder Mathew Lyon, deceased. 



IN MEMORIAM 

OF 

ELDER MATHEW LYON. 

Your committee on deceased ministers beg leave to submit the fol- 
lowing: 

Since onr last association, our much beloved brother, Elder 
Mathew Lyon, has been called from labor in the Master's vineyard to 
eternal rest in the presence of his Lord. Mathew Lyon was born in 
Warren county, Tennessee, August 27th, 1812. He removed with his 
father's family to South Carolina in childhood. He was brought up 
a printer, in Chesterfield District, in Cheraw. in his father's printing 
office. Here he attended tbe town academy for several years, where 
the foundation was well laid for the ripe and accurate scholarship for 
wbich our brother was so distinguished. 

Bro. Lyon was born again, and was baptized into the fellowship of 
the Baptist church at Camden, 8. C , in March, 1832, by Elder John 
M Barnes. In 1836 Elder Lyon returned with his mother's family, 
(his father having died several years previously) to Tennessee, where 
he conducted a Baptist paper for two years. Rev. R- B C. Howell, D. 
D., being editor. E%rly in 1849 he was licensed to preach tbe gospel 
by Carrollton Baptist church, Pickens county, Ala. On the 23rd of 
June following, he was ordained to the full work of tbe ministry, by 
a presbytery consisting of elders S. 8 Lattimore, Wm. 8tansell, 
Charles 8tewart, John H. Taylor, C. B Saunders, T. 8 Thomas and 
M. C. Curry. He at once entered into the work with that zeal and 
earnestness characteristic of tbe man After having served in the 
pastorate in West Alabama and Mississippi with signal ability and 
acceptance for many years, he came into our bounds and became pas- 
tor of Moulton church, in 1881, which he served nine years. Besides 
this church, he served the following chnrcbes, at different times: 
Danville, Hopewell, Eoon, Harmony and Pleasant Grove. He also 
was missionary of this association for several yean. As a preacher, 
Elder Lyon was distinguished for soundness of doctrine, thorough- 
ness and accuracy, being a close student and original thinker. No 
one could hear "him attentively without being; benefited and in- 
structed. He departed this life August 4tb, 1892, aged 79 years, 11 
months and 7 days. 

Your committee would recommend that one hour of tbe present 
session be devoted to memorial services of our departed brother. 

Fraternally submitted, 

Jos. Shackelford, 
A. E Burns, 
H. B. Ibwik, 

Committee. 



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EDUCATION. 

The subject of Education was then taken up. 

The report of the Board of Ministerial Education was then 
read by Bro . Blackwelder. Also the report of the committee on 
Ministerial Education, by Bro. J. M. Roberts. 

The report on Education was read by Bro. J. C. Tidwell. 

The report of the joint committee on the Baptist High School 
was read by Bro. Jos. Shackelford. 

The subject of education was then discussed by Dr. B. F. 
Riley, who spoke in the interest of Howard College and denom- 
inational education. 

Bro. J. L. Thompson spoke in the interest of Ministerial Edu- 
cation. 

Bro. C. G. Lynch offered the following resolution, which was 
unanimously adopted: 

Resolved, Tbat we endorse brethren John Speer, J. W. Sandlin and 
Briscoe, and recommend them as worthy of assistance in the prosecution of 
their studies as ministerial students. 

After some remarks by Bro. Shackelford, pledges and collec- 
tions were taken by Bro. J. M. Waller from the churches and 
individuals and Sunday-schools, for ministerial education, as 
follows: 

PLEDGE8 AND COLLECTIONS FOR MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 






CHUBCHES. 

Bethel (L) $ 2 50 

Blue Spring 15 00 

Danville, paid $1, (P. C.) 7 50 

Decatur 5 00 

Enon 5 00 

Falkville 1 00 

Furnace Hill 5 00 

Hillsboro 10 00 

Liberty 1 00 

Mt Nebo (M) paid 1 00 

Mt. Hope 5 00 

Moulton 10 00 

Mt. Nebo (F) 7 00 

New Prospect 5 00 

Russellville 10 00 

Sheffield 10 00 

Pleasant Hill 5 00 

Shady Grove 1 00 

Tuscumbia 10 00 

Town Creek, paid 10 00 

Isbell 5 00 

Central, New Decatur 12 00 

Harmony 2 50 



$145 50 * 
6TJNDAY- SCHOOLS. 



* INDIVIDUALS. 

J. M. Roberts, paid $ 1 00 

Miss Dora Williams 1 00 

W. T. Rowden 2 50 

W.J.Young 1 50 

T. A. Jones 2 00 

Laban Gibson 109 

A J DeWees 1 00 

John Barnes 1 00 

Mrs. Carrie Simpson 1 00 

Miss Patty Gunn, paid 1C0 

J, L. Thompson, paid 1 00 

C. G. Lynch, paid 1 00 

W. M. Blackwelder 1 00 

A. E. Burns 1 00 

R. A. Kirkland 1 00 

Mrs. A. Thomason 2 00 

J.M.Waller, paid 105 

E. Lacy 1 00 

W. H. Simpson, paid 1 00 

Tell Moodv 1 00 

Mrs. Ed Garrett™ 1 00 

D. W. Speak, pa£ 1 00 

$ 26 05 
145 50 



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Ru«ellville *5 00 

Tuscumbia. « JJ" 

Laoy's SpriDgs & 00 

Decatur « b °° 

Paper given by O. E Comstock 6 00 



Central %\\ 00 

Moulton 12 °° 

Town Creek 2 50 

Cash 1 0° 



52 50 



Total. 



.£224 05 



' Brtr. J C. TTdwell offered a preamble and resolutions with ref- 
erence to the report of the joint committee on the Baptist High 
School, which was laid over until Monday morning. . 
DEVOTIONAL COMMITTEE'S REPORT. 
The Committee on Devotional Services for the Sabbath, made the follow- 

^llT'm'.Vat the Methodist church. Decatur, Elder ■ W. 8. Browo. 

II a m Congregational church, N«w Decatur, Elder R. T. Wear. 

II I Si; clXfBaptist church; New Decatur, Elder J. M Waller. 

10 30 a. m., First Baptist church, Decatur, Elder B. P. Riley. 

11 am Presbyterian church, New Decatur, Elder J Gunn. 
11 a. m.; Presbyterian church, Decatur, Elder J. M Deveneau. 
11 a. m. Baptist church, East Decatur, Elder J. E. Weaver. 

3 30o m., Baptist church, Decatur, Memonal Services. 

7 » p.' m Baptist church. Decatur, Elder O E. Comstock^ 
2 £ m., Baptist church, colored, Decatar, Blder John Speer 

8 p. m.. Baptist church, " " Elder J. M. Roberts. 

On motion, the association adjourned to 9 o'clock Monday 

morning. 

Prayer by Bro. J. M. Roberts. 



SUNDAY'S EXERCISES. 

A Sunday-school mass meeting was held at the First Baptist 
church at 9 o'clock a. m. The report of the Sunday-school 
Board was read by Bro\ C. J. Lynch, its chairman. Addresses 
were then made by Bros. J. M. Waller, W. S. Brown and C. G. 
Lvnch. which occupied the time until the preaching hour. 

The several appointments were filled by the brethren appointed, 
who preached to good congregations. 

In the afternoon, at 3^ o'clock, a Memorial Service was held 
in the Baptist church, in memory of Elder Mathew Lyon deceased, 
which was well attended. The service was led by Elder Jos. 
Shackelford, and was participated in by Bros. R. T. Wear, O. D 
Gibson, M. Finney, Win. East C. G. Lynch and J Gum. ^ all oi 
whom spoke in fitting terms of our dearly beloved brother who 
has left us for his home in heaven. 



FO¥RTH DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 

Monday, October 3, 1892, 8:30 a. m. 
The association met, and, after religious service, led by Brother 
John Speer, was called to order by the Moderator. 
The minutes of Saturday were read and approved. 



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STANDING COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator announced the following standing committees: 

On Education— A. G Spinks, F. R. Day, O. E. Comstock. 
On Ministerial Education— R. T. Wear, T. R. Brags, J- T. Odell. 
On Temperance— C. G. Lynch, J. W. Livingston, J. E. Weaver. 
On Associational Missions— John Speer, J. W. Sandlin. J. E. Roane. 
Cn State Missions— A. E, Burns, J. D McClanahan, W. W. Ne8mith. 
On Foreign Missions— Mike Finney, E D. Stephenson. G H Hughes. 
On Home Missions— H. R Schramm, George W. Jackson, Wm. East. 
On Sunday Schools— J. M. Kichens, Thos. Hutcheson, J. M. Roberts. 
Ceniennial Committee — H. R Schramm, John Speer, J. M. Roberts. 
On Bible and Colportage Work— W. M. Blackwelder, M. Finney, Peter 
Clay. V ■• 

Auditing Committee— W. H. Simpson, H. B. Irwin, C. G Lynch. 
Finance Committee— A. L. Moody, D. Gibson, A. W. Bailey. 

The Moderator announced the following Committee on Time 
and Place of the meeting of the next Association, and preacher 
of the Introductory Sermon: 

J. M. Kichens, A. J. Walker, H. B. Irwin. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

The report on Temperance, which was read and discussed on 
Friday night, and laid over, was taken up and discussed by Bros. 
M. Finney, J. C. Orr and H. R. Schramm, and adopted as follows : 

Reports are intended to give information, to show progress made, and 
stress plans or necesities, but your committee have not undertaken the 
onerous work of compiling statistics, to ascertain thereby whether, the evil 
of intemperance has increased or decreased since the last association. We 
are of the opinion, however, that the many years of faithful and patient 
work of Christian people is beginning to show good results. But, while we 
may rightfully rejoice that this is true, we must realize that the victory 
over the liquor traffic which is attended with suchgigantic wickedness and 
misery, is, by no means, won. Baptists cannot afford to be laggards in this 
movement, and should seek to adopt the wisest and best plans and methods 
of action. As all people agree as to the magnitude of the evil, of the crime 
and pauperism created by it, and that if the manufacture and sale of intox- 
icants was stopped, the evii wonld cease, the question arises, what ought 
intelligent and Christian people to do in regard to it? We are aware that 
not a few of the leaders in the temperance movement, insist in answer to 
this question, that if we cannot have the traffic forbidden and suppressed, 
we will not consent that it shall have legal permission or protection, that 
whatever evil to society that may come from it, let it be without sanction 
of the 8tate; that the law should take no cognizance of its existence. We 
doubt if this is the wisest course to pursue. It is certainly not the plan of 
dealing with other recognized nuisances. If we cannot stop its existence, 
let os adopt whatever course that may from time to time, remain open, by 
which he evils of the system can be mitigated, crime lessened, and misery 
minimized. Let us throw all the obstructions possible in the way of its 
progress. Let it be hampered and diminished by high license, weakened 
and brought into public disfavor by education and moral suasion, and if a 
member of the church so far forgets his Christian obligations as to lend his 
sanction and aid to it by signing a recommendation for the sale of liquor, 
let him be severely disciplined. • 

We sometimes hear people say, that if they could only hope to see uni- 
versal prohibition, then every movement in that direction would have their 
hearty co operation, but that if it was only to be prohibited at this or that 
place, the result would be merely an increase in the trade at some other 



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ZrZZr, 8n ™ ™ idea - "" a fallac ~" 4hmt deserves to be eradicated from the minds 

modify • SjfSSal Et2 6 "2 1 ' ^ e K m< ? re ° £ th 1 m the worse for&Tm! 
«w»j. L y ' I Iew « r . tne better. Oar laboring people are more likelv tn hav« 

JhS„^ r ?"!S riied wages , in their Pockets, fo? the ^benefit o??heir families at 
£t2t°tLS£ mo "i th ' * instead of ha ™S to w a!k by the doS of Tsa oon 
wa!ka^ h fmire outo? d th^ theglariD f temptation to drink, they had & 
«wi a fjfii e °^ fc °J their wa y or or3er fr om a neighboring town Wp 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. H. Simpsow, Chairman. 
REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

The report on Education, Which was read and discussed on 
Saturday night, was adopted as follows: 

•J£L~*£! witbmuch pleasure that there is more interest being manifested 
among our people with regard to the education of their childreS than S 
haps at any period in all tne past. Indeed, the age .demands that fiff B?n" 

wJ J°v keep Pace With the times « mu8t ^ °P and do-all the time vfc 
have taken some pains to find oat how the schools generallv have o' M n«H 
this year, and we find that they are opening with a g decide! SSLSaSH 
Intl**** °l e "T° uld tnink that «mes are not so hard arte al? We hive 
some good schools among the Baptists, schools that are known ttromrh ™? 
the country. We refer with pride to the Howard and the JadSn The^ 
A n ilK t « Uto0n8 a£ Ugb i ^i 1 ?' 6 the he * rf y encouragement of ever^BantistS 
Alabama. They should be encouraged^by our money and earnest?™!™ 

schools Ou1 n £T Chi,dr ^ *? ooUege'.lrt us by all meansseTd S these" 
wArtS'ir w k v n mi ° 18t enal education is progressing rather slowlV 
w£« k - We believe we have had two joung brethren at school durine 
SH 7 f' ^ e , are ^ to be able t0 »7 **»* the High School for the eduS" 
tion of our girls and boys, which has been talked of and I written i abont ^ 
long, has been located at Danville, Morgan county, Ala We feel that th£ 
strong and urgent demand of our people has been ' met in looting this 
school. It is designed to make thfs institution one of the best in al? North 
i£2l£J!2L£ ? V h . at ', one . of the best in the state, wTthnVlne com- 
mittee has acted wisely m locating this school at Danville. First It is o™ 
£ ^^.tbealthfu places in the country. 2nd. It is noted for morafs 
3rd. Danville is located in one of the most fertile vallevs in North Alabama 
Almost all the people are intelligent, and will lend their aiding* 

S g wm t 8titU /°f • k N< ? W ' 8ince ^ e scho °l iKLSd andeve^ing 1 we* 
trust, will be ready to begin active operations by January 1st 1893 let eveT^ 

SSSuT h r£ t h±i? ""J* ¥? girl %*& froi " home ' to «cS; "ST2 

JJanyille. The boarding facilities will be unsurpassed, and if vou want tn 
l 1 ^^ children a good business education, P send to Dan vSe If you 
clS a^colw* fOF COUege ' We d6Sire t0 fit them to enter at lelstthe junto? 
We are glad to learn that the Baptist Male and Female Institute «f 
Moulton hashadagood opening this fall. The school £ now underVi 
contro^of Prof. Spinks, a scholarly gentleman, who is a graduate of HoV£d 
wmege - Respectfully submitted, 

J. C. Tidwbm,, 

J. D. McClakahan, 

Committee. 
REPORT OF BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

This report, which 
adopted as follows— 

The Board of Ministerial Education beg leave to report: The new board 
appointed at the last session of the association, met S Decati NoveS 



was read on Saturday night, was also 



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1st, 1891. The board adopted as its beneficiaries, ^brethren B. F. Brothers 
and J W Sandlin ; the former to attend Howard College, the latter, Moul- 
ton HiKh School. There being no funds in hand, the secretary was in- 
structed to make an appeal at once to the churches and individuals who had 
subscribed to this purpose, and urge a speedy response; and that the money 
collected be divided between the two brethren, as the needs of each seem to 
iustify. The amount collected has been meager, and the board has been 
pained at its inability to render the assistance desired, ft is hoped that our 
churches will not longer remain indifferent to the urgent necessities and 
worthy calls coming to them from those whom God has called to preach i the 
eospel, and who are bravely struggling to prepare themselves for the high 
fnlFhely vocation. Respectfully f^^^ 

W. M. B1.A.CKWKLDKB, Secretary. 

TREASURER'S REPORT. 

W. M. Biackwkldkr^ ^^ with ^ fud Qf Minl8ter ial Education: 

1891 
Dec. 15 

m 23 

" 26 

h 23 

1892 
Jan 10 

" 19 

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29 
25 
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26 



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Ladies' Aid Society, Sheffield church 2 50 

A. L. Morely 5 °° 

East Decatur church J 34 

Falkville church 1 25 

Pleasant Hill church f 00 

Russellville church 10 00 

Danville church J °J> 

RussellviUe S. S f <*> 

Mt. Hope church * 5 00 

$52 09 

1891 „ „ c ?- ton no 

Dec 14 By cash paid Bro. B. F. Brothers *>0 00 

1892 
March 26 Bv cash paid Bro. J. W. Sandlin 10 00 

June 6 "" " ■ " " " ••• 

u g ii " «« " Frank Brothers 10 00 



Oct 



balance in treasury. 



09 



October 1, 1892. 



$52 09 
Respectfully submitted, 

W. M. Blackwbldeb, Treasurer. 



REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

This report was read on Saturday night and adopted to-day as 

follows: 

Your committee, to whom was referred the subject of ministerial educa- 
tion, would report, that in our opinion this subject does not receive the 
support that it should. We deem this a very important branch of the work 
of this body. There are many reasons why we, as a denomination, should 
jrive more attention to this subject We are living in an age when educa- 
tion is becoming almost universal, and the masses are being rapidly edu- 
cated In order to meet the demands of an educated people, we must have 
an educated ministry. Besides this, there is being taugbt among us many 
doctrines which we deem contrary to the Word of God, and the advocates of 
these doctrines put forth their best educated men to propagate and defend 
them and if we would meet them with the Bible, we must have men who 
have 'the necessary qualifications, and one of those qualifications is an educa- 
tion We would not say one word to disparage those good men who are 
doing a noble work for the Master, who have not the advantage of an edu- 



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cation ; bat would give them all the encouragement possible, but still we 
see the need of educated men to defend our doctrines and meet successfully 
the oppositions to the truth. We would urge upon this body the necessity 
of more liberal contributions and more earnest work in this direction. We 
are sorry to note among some of our people opposition to this work. We 
would again urge more liberal contributions, and that each giver to this 
cause accompany his contribution with an earnest prayer that God would 
bless the same to the good of the cause of Christ. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. M. Roberts, 
T. A. Hutchison, 
J. N. Bragg, 

Committee. 

NORTH ALABAMA BAPTIST HIGH SCHOOL. 

The joint committee appointed by the Liberty, Muscle Shoals and Big Bear 
Creek Associations made their report. We give the substance of that re- 
port: The committee met in November last, at Hillsboro, and agreed to 
take steps to establish a Baptist High School, to be located within the terri- 
tory of the three associations, and appointed a sub-committee to receive bids, 
for the location of said school. The committee again met at Hillsboro July 
18, 1892. One bid was received, which was from Danville, Morgan county, 
Alabama. The committee did not rhinK the bid sufficient, and proposed to 
Danville that if that place would increase the bid, that is, put up another 
building, about the size of the one they proposed to give, and seat the same 
with school desks, and furnish blackboards, the school would be located 
there. . The Danville people accepted the proposition, and agreed to deed to 
trusteess appointed by the three associations the school property in that 
place known as the Danville Male and Female High School, consisting of 
about two acres of land, with a school building thereon 60 feet long and 38 
feet wide, two stories high ; also to put up another building of the same 
size, immediately north of the old building, and connected with it, and fur- 
nish 100 school desks and the necessary blackboards. The committee ac- 
cepted the proposition and located the school at Danville. The committee, 
in their report, also suggested the appointment of trustees by the three asso- 
ciations, who should have the management of of the property, and that the 
school be a male and female school. 

The following resolutions, offered by Bro. J. C. Tidweil, were adopted: 
. Whereas, The Liberty Association, at its session in 1891, adopted a series 
of resolutions looking to the establishment of a Baptist male high school in 
North Alabama, within the territory embraced by the Liberty, Muscle 
Shoals, Big Bear Creek and Florence Associations, and invited those associ- 
ations to join her in said enterprise; and 

Whereas, The Muscle Shoals Association at its last session, held with the 
Hillsboro Baptist church, accepted the invitation of the Liberty Association 
to join her in this educational movement, and appointed a committee of 
three to meet with a similar committee from Liberty and the other associa- 
tions, and agreed to give to said joint committee full power to act in the 
premises, according to their best judgment and wisdom ; and 

Whereas, The said joint committee from Liberty, Muscle Shoals and Big 
Bear Creek Associations has acted according to instructions, and has located 
said school at Danville, Morgan county, Alabama, and has reported its ac- 
tion to us at this session, and has also made several recommendations of im- 
portance; therefore, be it 

Resolved, by Muscle Shoals Association, 1st, That we approve of the ac- 
tion of said joint committee in the location of the said high school at Dan- 
ville. 

Resolved, 2nd, That we approve of the action of the committee in chang- 
ing the school from a male to a male and female school. 

Resolved, 3rd, That we approve of the recommendations of the committee 
as presented in their report, and we do hereby appoint the following breth- 
ren as trustees of said school for the time mentioned : 

For one year — A. W. Bailey, Sam'l Black well, A. L. Moody. 



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For two years— Jos. 8hackelford, J. M. Kichens, T. L. Baker. 

For three years— W. H. Simpson, J. C. Tidwell, G. C. Hardwick, 
who are authorized to act with the trustees appointed by the other associa- 
tions in carrying out the recommendations of the joint committee. 

Resolved, 4th, That we recommend this school, when established, to the 

{>atronage of the Baptists of this association, and trust that it will secure a 
arge patronage. 

Resolved, 5th, That we do not consider the establishment of this school 
and its location within the beunus of our association as at all in opposition 
to the prosperity of our associational school at Moulton. The school estab- 
lished at Danville is proposed to be a school of higher grade than the one at 
Moulton, and the Moulton school can become a feeder. of the school at Dan- 
ville. We desire both to succeed, and we cordially recommend both to the 
patronage of our people. 

SUNDAY-SCHOOLS. 

The report of the Sunday-school Board, which was read on 
Sunday, was adopted. This report was also received as a report 
of the Sunday-school committee: 

We, your committee on Sabbath- schools, report, that we have examined 
the letters of the churches, and find from them the following: 

New Decatur, Central Sunday-school— W, H. Simpson, Superintendent; 
postoffice, New Decatur. 

Tuscumbia Sunday-school— A. S. 8tanley, superintennent; officers and 
teachers, 7; pupils, 55; amount collected, $45.50. 

Town CreeK Sunday-school— T. N. Jones, superintendent; officers and 
teachers, 5; pupils, 90; average attendance, 40; amount collected, $6 00. 

Shady Grove — J. W. Livingston, superintendent; officers and teachers, 5; 
pupils, 55. 

Sheffield— A. J. Ivey, superintendent; officers and teachers, 10; pupils, 51; 
amount collected, $25.00. 

Russellville — C. G. Lynch, superintendent; officers and teachers, 7 ; pupils, 
67; average attendance, 48; amount collected, $19 00. 

New Friendship— J. L. Wright, superintendent; officers and teachers, 6; 
pupils, 49. 

New Decatur, First— J. C. Lance, superintendent; average attendance, 35; 
amount collected, $27.06. 

New Center Sunday-school— E. T. Simmons, superintendent; officers and* 
teachers, 2; pupils, 38. 

Mt. Nebo(F) Sunday-school— W. East, superintendent; average attend- 
ance, 25; collections, $5.00. 

Mt. Nebo (M) Sunday-school— R. B. Minter, superintendent; officers and 
teachers, 6; pupils, 40. . ._, •'__ 

Moulton Sunday-school — A. G. 8pinks, superintendent; enrollment, 52; 
average attendance, 40; collections, $37.17; amount on hand for Sunday- 
school library, $11.20. 

Macedonia (F) — Pupils, 20; officers and teachers, 3. 

Hillsboro — A. W. Bailey, superintendent; officers and teachers, 5; pupils, 
40; average attendance, 20; collections, $5. 

Hartwell— D. W. Day, superintendent; officers and teachers, 7; pu- 
pils, 50. 

Gum Spring— Officers and teachers, 4; pupils. 25. 

Furnace Hill — O. E. Comstock, superintendent; average attendance, 25; 
officers and teachers, 2. 

Decatur— T. D. Wilkerson, superintendent; officers and teachers, 8; pu- 
pils, 65; average attendance, 40. 

Danville— J. C. Tidwell, superintendent; officers, 3; teachers, 5; pu- 
pils, 43. 

Hopewell — Frank Orr, superintendent; no report. 

Stinson'8 8tore— Bailey, superintendent; pupils, 20; officers and 

teachers, 2. 



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_From the above we find 21 Sunday-schools reported; officers and teachers, 
au; enrollment, 844. ' 

a„w ( L 1 T 5 2 mm V? d the 1 i terature of the 8outhern Baptist Convention. We 
ast tbat the letters to the associations contain a more complete report of the 
sabbath -schools and their work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. Q. Lynch, 
Wm. East, 
R. A. Ktrklaitd, 
Committee. 

BAPTIST MALE AND FEMALE INSTITUTE AT MOULTON. 

Rev. C. G. Lynch reported the following brethren as trustees of 
the Baptist Male and Female Institute at Moulton, which was 
adopted: 

Dr. R. M. Simpson, J. M. Sandlin, and J. N. Bragg. 

Bro. Lynch also reported from the same committee a recom- 
mendation to sell the school property at Moulton, which was dis- 
cussed at some length by Bros. C. G. Lynch, East, Sandlin, J. S. 
Gibson, A. D. Gibson, J. C. Orrand Shackleford; after which 
the following resolution, offered by Bro. Jos. Shackelford, was 
adopted: 

Resolved That the Baptist Male and Female Institute at Moulton, be an 
thonzed to deed the school property at Moulton to the Moulton Baptist 
church, with the understanding that the church keep up * Baptist school in 
said building, under the care of the church, and that when the church 
ceases to exist, the property reverts to the association. 

REPORT ON STATE OP RELIGION. 

The report of the committee on State of Religion was read by 
Ero. J. D McClanahan, and adopted, as follows: 

We, your committee on State of Religion, report that we are sorry that 
l 1 * 6 ! 6 * 8 a decrea8 e in the number of baptisms this associational year We 
firfd that some of our churches report in their letters that they ire weak 
spiritually and financially. Some, however, report that they have had good 
meetings and have been spiritually built up, and that peace dwells among 
the membership. We are sorry to report that our churches have not been 
waked up to their Christian duty, in giving of their substance to the spread 
of the gospel in our midst and among the lost millions beyond. There is 
more need of consecrated preachers and churches within the bounds of our 
association now than ever before. The field is wide and the laborers are 
few. We are proud to know that there is a good interest manifested in the 
Sunday-school work in our association. We would recommend that our 
chnrches wake up on the subject of religion, and that each church report at 
the next association a good prayer meeting and Sunday-school. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. D. McClanahan, 

R. L. Key, 

H. A. McClkllan, 

Committee. 



The report of committee on Church 
adopted, as follows: 



Letters was read, and 



Dkab Brethren— On examining the letters from the churches, we find 
that there has been added to the churches, by baptism, 87: by letter 143 
and by restoration, 9. Total additions, 288; a decrease by letter of 180; by 



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exclusion 26- bv death, 38. Total decrease, 244. Decrease in excess i of •*■ 
rfUions S' The Danville church asks that the next association convene 
wUhber PleaWt Hill church recommendB that the number of delegates 
from each churchbe reduced from thr. e to two. It also requests that an 
earnest "effort" b made to locate the Orphans' Home within the Jfondi of 
SSassoclation Three churches report that they are without pastors and 
wo a^havVng no preaching during tne past year. Friendship, Shady Grove 
and Shoal Creek ask for aid in maintaining their pastors. 

Respectfully submitted, 

r H. J. Haurooks, 

J. N. Thomfsok, 
T. L. Ryak, 

Committee. 

RESOLUTIONS. 
The following resolutions were adopted: 

ByBro. John Speer: 

Whereas The Baptists of the Decaturs and others have shown much kind- 
ness in taking care of the delegates to this association, be it . 

Reived That our most heSrty thanks are hereby tendered to them for 
anylnd all kindness shown toward us during our stay among them. 

By J. Speer: 

Resolved That our most hearty thanks be given to Miss Mattie Jones for 
herexoeUeot Rendition of music, las organist, during our meeting. 

By C. G. Lynch: 

Resolved That we have 1,200 copies of the minutes printed, and that the 
Treasure? be instructed to pay for the same out of the minute fund in his 
il*A i#-«Vrf*nt- if not to nay far same out of other funds in his hands, 
Sod&S Se^k'sune^tenrthe printing and distribution <£ the muj 
utes and be allowed $25 for his services, to be paid by the Treasurer, ana 
taat'hehave the minutes published in sixty days, if possible. 

By J. S. Gibson: 

Resolved. That the churches be requested to state in their letters the 
amoW of minute fund they contribute out of the money they send to *e 
association. 

By H. J. Halbrooks: 

Resolved That all chu ches receiving aid from our Board be required to 
take up collections at lea it once every three months. T .__„ ted to teke 

Resolved, 2nd, That the missionaries employed be also requested, to taae 
nn auarteriy collections at their preaching stations. 

P R^Sved 3rd That fee pastors preaching to such churches and the mis- 
sions e^yed^ r guested to^make quarterly reports of their work to 
the Board. 

On motion, a new Executive Board was appointed, whose 
names appear on the "irst page of the cover. 

On motion a new B ,ard of Ministerial Education was appoint- 
ed, whose names appear on the first page of the cover. 

DIVISION OF FUNDS. 

By Jos. Shackelford . 
Resolved, That the Tr< *surer of this association be instructed ^to send. all 



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such moneys as he may be directed to send by the Executive Board, which 
board is hereby instructed to divide the funds contributed to this body, af- 
ter paying all incurred obligations for the past year, between the different 
boards. Association al, State, Foreign and Home, according to their best 
judgment and the wants of the home field. 

TIME AND PLACE OP NEXT MEETING. 

The committee on Time and Place of Next Meeting and 
Preacher of the Introductory Sermon and Alternate, reported as 
follows, which was adopted: 

We, your committee, report Danville church as the place, and Bro. W. M. 
Blackwelder as the preacher of the Introductory Sermon, and Bro. A. E. 
Burns as alternate. Time, Friday before the first Sabbath in October, 1893. 

J. M. Kichens, Ch'n. 

CHANGE OF CONSTITUTION. 

Notice was given of an amendment to the 4th Article of the 
Constitution, to be offered at the next session. The change pro- 
posed is to reduce the number of delegates, from each church to 
two. The amendnient to the 6th article of the Constitution, of- 
fered last year, was adopted, and now Moderator and Clerk are 
to be elected by ballot. 

CORRESPONDENCE. 

The following brethren were appointed as Corresponding Mes- 
sengers and Delegates to the Conventions and Associations 
named. 

To Big Bear Creek Association — C. G. Lynch, A. L. Moody, A, E. Burns, 
R. T. Wear, John Speer. 

To Liberty Association — Jos Shackelford, John 8peer, H. R. Schramm. 

To Baptist 8tate Convention— Jos. Shackelford, A. L Moody, J. C. Orr, A. 
E. Burns, 0. E. Comstock, H. R. Schramm, W. M. Blackwelder, John Speer, 
H. J. Halbrooks. 

To Cullman Association — H. J. Halbrooks, J. N. Thompson. 

To Southern Baptist Convention— John Speer; J. Gunn, alternate. 

The following resolutidh, offered by Bro. Jos. Shackelford, was 
adopted. 

Resolved, That the Executive Board be instructed to require all churches 
assisted by the board, to give so much as the board may determine, for the 
support of their pastors, and the board to supplement the same. 

REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE. 

The committee on Finance made theeir report, which 
was adopted, with the understanding that the Clerk be author- 
ized to make such changes as may be necessary. 

On motion, the Association then adjourned, after singing a 
hymn, and giving the parting hand, and prayer by Bro. C. B. 
Lloyd. 

JACKSON GUNN, Moderator. 

Josephus Shackelford, Clerk. 



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RECAPITULATION. 

Cash. 

For Missions generally 1172 80 

For Assoeiational Missions 79 10 

For State Missions 37 63 

For Home Missions 5 00 

For Foreign Missions 18 40 

For Ministerial Education. •. 36 85 

Individual pledges for missions 5 00 

Individual pledges for Education 5 00 

Bible and Col portage 

Minute Fund 33 &5 

Saturday collections for Missions 1 52 

Sunday collections for Missions 14 11 

Centennial Fund 12 00 

Saturday collections for Ministerial Edu 37 55 

Southern Theological Seminary 5 00 



V uchers. 


Total 


8 


$172 80 


33 75 


112 85 


110 14 


147 67 


33 12 


43 12 


70 03 


88 43 


42 50 


• 79 35 


2 50 


7 50 


5 00 


10 00 


4 08 


408 


. . ■■■■■■ 


83 85 




1 52 




14 11 




12 00 




37 55 



Total $458 79 831112 $769 91 

By amount paid J. M. Waller (Centennial Fund) $ 12 08 

By amount oaid Board of Ministerial Education 69 40 

By amount paid Treasurer _ „.. 371 66 

By amount handed Clerk after settlement with the Treatu er 5 65 

$458 79 
Respectfully submitted, 

A j. Moodt, Chairman. 

Remarks by the Clerk.— The amounts collected at the Cent nnial meetings and re- 
ported by the churches are included in the columns for Fori *n and Home Missions. 
The total amount paid out during the year for Missions and lucation, as reported to 
the Finance Committee, is $769.91. • 



REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE OF MUSCLE SHOALS ASSOCIATION. 



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5 00 


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"l 00 


15 00 
1 25 


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Mt. Zion (M) 

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2 50 
2 50 


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12 00 

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25 00 

10 00 
5 00 

3 00 




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8 172 80 


$79 10 


$33 75 


$37 53 


$ 110 14 


S 5 00 


$38 12 $18 40 


$36 85 


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STATISTICSOF THE MUSCLE SHOALS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION— r 892. 



COUMTY. 



Pastors. 



Clerk. 



Clkrk'b P. O. 



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Incrse'd by 



Betbel (L) 
Bethel (M).... 

Bethany 

Blue Borings. 
Cave Springs.. 

Central. N. I) 

Cherry Hill 

Danville...... 

Decatur. 

Etha 

Enon ..-. 

Friendship.. „ 

Falkville 

Furnace Hill.. 
Gum Spring.... 
Gum Spring.. 
Harmony.... 

Hillsboro 

Hopewell 

Hartsell 

Isbell 

Lebanon 

Liberty 

Macedonia 

Macedonia. . . . 

MUZion 

Mt. Nebo , 

Mt. Zion 

Mt. Stanley .. 
Mission Grove 

Mt. Hope 

Moulton , 

Mt Pisgah... 

Mt. Nebo 

New Hope 

New Prospect .. 

New Friendship . . 
New Center........ 

New Decatur... . 

Okolona 

Pleasant Grove. . . 

Rnsselville 

Rocky Creek...... 

Sheffield „... 

oftlcin 

Shoal Creek 

Somerville 

Pleasant Hill 

Shady Grove 

Tuscumbia.. ....... 

Tharp Spring 

Town Creek 

Valhermosa Springs 
Zion — —. 



Total. 



Lawrence .... 

Morgan 

Lawrence. ... 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Franklin... ... 

Morgan ...... 

Morgan 

Cullman ... . 
Lawrence. . ... 

Lawrence. 

Morgan . . .... 

Colbert . . ..... 

Lawrence. 

Morgan 

Lawrence. 

Lawrence.... 

Morgan ......... 

Morgan 

Morgan ...... 

Lawience..... 

Franklin 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Franklin 

Lawrence. 

Lawrence..... 
Lawrence.. ... 
Lawrence...*. 
Lawrence....... 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Lawrence. 

Lawrence...... 

Morgan......... . 

Morgan........ 

Morgan. ... ..... 

Lawrence. . .... 

Lawrence. 

Franklin .. ., 
Morgan........ 

Colbert „ 

Lawrence....... 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Morgan. . . . .... 

Colbert 

Colbert 

Lawrence 

Morgan 

Lawrence.... 



Eld. J R. NeSmith 

J. M - ." Roberta..". 
J. E. Weaver. . 
J. D. McClanahan 
W. M. Blaekwelder 

Mike Finney 

Jos. Shackelford. . . 

C. B. Lloyd 

C.C.Hughes 

J. Gunn 

H. J. Hai brooks 

O. E. Comstoek.... 

Isaac Bradford 

James E. Roan.... 

J.W. Sandlin- 

Joseph Shackelford 
J. D. McClanahan 
H J. Halbrooks.... 

J. W. Deveneau... 
J. B. Huckaoee .. 
J. speer.. . . ........ 

M. Finney 



W. G. W. Smith. 

R.T. Wear 

J. D.Dawson 

J. Speer 

J. H. Roberts.... 

■*• X . WCftT. 1 unii 

J. Gunn_.„ 

J. Gunn... ... . 

J. B. Huckabee .. 

I T. Odell 

J. M. Roberts. . 
James Roan-. . . . 
W. E. Wright.... 
H. R. Schramm .. 
Isaac Bradford .. 

T. R. Bragg 

J. W. Deveneau . 
J E. Weaver.... 

A. E. Burns 

L. M. Wear 



J.Speer 

J. Gunn.. 

J. D. McClanahan.. 

A. E. Burns 

M. Finney , 

R.T. Wear... . 
T. J. Weaver. .... 
Wm. Spair _, 



C. C. Kerby 



J.W Owens. „ 

W. J. Wesver. ....... 

W. T. Collier 2" 

J. A. Thomason... 

W. H."petty"....\'.L 

W. W. Garnets. 

J. B KeUar 

R. L. Keys 

J.W.Walker 

T. L Simpson...... 

G. M. Bridges ........ 

G. W. Bond 

E. J. Pannel 

J.S.Howell 

W. J. Cottingham. 
D. G. Orr ~ 

D. A. Burleson 
L L. Jackson.. 
W. H. Jenkins.. 
W. J. Young. . 
J. L. Rucker. ... 
C. N. Reynolds. 
W.H H.Thompson 

T. J. Byars. .... 

T. R. Beaver 

G. W. Dodson. 

J. W.Yates- 

Geo. W. Jackson... 

H. B Gwin 

H. A McClelland.. 

R. B Gibson 

M. H. Crow 

M. A Masterson... . 

J. L. Wright 

8. T. Wright 

Albert 8herman...... 

J. H.Butler 

Rush Stockton 

P.Clay. 

J. A.Oden 

E. Evans........... 

H. E. Weatherwax . 

E. T.8pair. 

Mrs. mTe Peck.... 

W. R. Simpson 

J. D. Moore 

C. A. Wamble...... 

G. W. Stout 

John W. Jackson. . . 
W. C. Hardage. ... 
T. H. Hawkins- 



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Blue Spring. 

Pricevllle... ......... 

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Falkville 

Sheffield 

Hatton. ........ .. 

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Moulton 

Hillsboro. ..... 

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Hartsell 

Isbell. ..._._. .. 

Falkville. 

Town Creek.... 
Newburgh....... 

Flint 

Hartsell _. .. 

Rnsselville ..... 
Town Creek.... 
Town Creek... 

Courtland 

Mt. Hope .. ... 
Moulton .._ . . 

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Landersvttle ... 

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Somerville ..... 
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Sheffield . 

Moulton .... 

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Somerville ... 

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Sitzville.. .- 
Tuscumbia.. 

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Bethel (M).. 

Bethany ••• 

Blue Springs .... 

Cave Spring 

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Danville - 

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Furnace Hill ■«>■• 

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Lebanon .^... . ... 

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Mt. Hope- 

Moulton......... 

Mt.Pisgah 

New Hope 

New Friendship 

New Prospect 

New Center 

New Decatur «.... 

Okolona . 

Pleasant Grove. 

Pleasant Hill-... 

Russell ville 

Sheffield 

Salem .... 

Shoal Creek.... 

Somerville 

Shady Grove. . 

Tuscumbia. ... 

Tharp Spring. 

Town Creek... 



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Total collections at churches — 

Collection at Associations for Education.. 



Centennial Fund - 

F. C.Owen Fund 

Courtland Church Fund.. 



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15 63 
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16 00 



Grand total paid by churches during the year and col. at Assn's. .$978 59 






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